## Toys for a kid who loves to build things from diagrams?

I'm looking for a gift for a 5YO who loves building things from diagrams. Snap Circuits were a huge hit. The obvious answer is LEGO, but 1) which LEGO set? and 2) what other building-from-instructions toys are out there?
posted by pipti on Nov 22, 2015 - 12 answers

## Convert "drawn" diagrams to visio-like diagrams ?

Does software exist which will convert "drawn" diagrams to visio-like diagrams ?
posted by southof40 on Jul 21, 2015 - 6 answers

## Making sense of multivariable statistics (with infographics?)

I'm working with some multi-variable data (up to 12 factors per event, from a possible 28 factors) so far I've only seen it discussed as a combination of two factors. Is there a way to elegantly (or at least clearly) display inter-relations of more features? I realize 12 factors is a lot, so anything more than 2 factors would be an improvement.
posted by filthy light thief on May 6, 2015 - 5 answers

## Replace radio with aux-in only?

My car radio was stolen last night, and I'd like to turn this tragedy into something awesome. I've always wanted to have a custom setup that consisted only of a volume knob and an aux in. I don't know how to design circutry, but I can follow instructions. What do I need to do to make this work?
posted by jsturgill on Feb 24, 2014 - 11 answers

## Making Convoluted Text Simple Visually

Sometimes, some documents I read are so convoluted that I don't understand what they are telling me. I've found this to be true in for legal documents including terms of agreements and constitutions among others. Is there any kind of program that looks at the syntax of sections of text and converts them into block diagrams showing the relationships between subjects and objects with the verb, adverbs, adjectives, etc. showing how they are connected? For instance, if it was highlighting the sentence, "See Spot run", there would be two boxes, one labeled Spot and one labeled You with an arrow connecting the latter to the former. I'm thinking of something similar to sentence diagramming but graphically represented and not nearly as complicated. It seems to me that if something could lay out all of the relationships within a document, that would make it much easier for someone to understand what it means. Or is that magical thinking on my part?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 26, 2014 - 8 answers

## In search of beautiful network diagrams

I am looking for examples of beautiful or unusual, yet effective, computer network diagrams - the more complex and extensive the networks, the better. Similarly, I'd like to find tutorials and how-to's on making same - preferably avoiding Visio/OmniGraffle as much as possible (most of the people I work with just want to swap .pdfs or Power Point presentations when it comes to delivering design documents, anyhow.) I deal with very intricate and large networks, and it's always a struggle to present them visually to various project stakeholders. I'd like to catch their attention with something striking that will help them actually understand what's going on.
posted by Slap*Happy on Jan 7, 2014 - 7 answers

## Looking for the Unified Modeling Language of philosophy and ideas

I'm looking for a way of diagramming the component parts of ideas and arguments, and their relationships to each other, formally and visually. Does such a thing exist?
posted by escape from the potato planet on Sep 13, 2013 - 11 answers

## Bird's Eye View

Best way to create a overview of my property?
posted by silsurf on Sep 28, 2011 - 6 answers

## Redesign for dummies

Redesigning a website and need to explain to supervisors and other departments all the aspects of redesigning a site that is optimized to current best standards. Is there a map for that? (pls click for more details)
posted by xicana63 on Jun 6, 2011 - 3 answers

## Beautiful Diagrams

Beautiful scientific diagrams?
posted by Tom-B on May 17, 2011 - 17 answers

## Diagram of the US immigration laws and process?

I recall seeing several times an excellent diagram that illustrates US immigration laws/policieis. I saw it via a link on the interwebs, but my Google Fu is betraying me, I cannot find it!
posted by Librarygeek on Jun 23, 2009 - 3 answers

## Database Schema design tool

Can anyone recommend some software to help me draw database diagrams the way that I want to draw them...?
posted by twine42 on May 15, 2009 - 11 answers

## Otis Again

How to make a theatrical version of the Star Trek doors that can be operated by one person using only one rope. Must be able to both open and close.
posted by cloeburner on Apr 17, 2009 - 16 answers

## Recommendations for making Venn diagrams?

Does anyone have software recommendations for making Venn diagrams? Especially complicated ones?
posted by tnygard on Mar 10, 2009 - 9 answers

## How to automatically extract graphical content from PDFs?

Are there any software packages or toolkits (preferably open source) available that allow me to automatically extract graphical content (such as pictures, diagrams, graphs, etc.) from batches of PDFs?
posted by elbaso on May 9, 2007 - 4 answers

## Google question and Minneapolis question.

Need help with Google Fu. Bonus for help finding a specific bus stop in Minneapolis (actually Edina)
posted by marsha56 on Feb 2, 2007 - 5 answers

## Graphical data representation

Help me work out how to represent data in an innovative way.
posted by b33j on Dec 13, 2006 - 12 answers

## ICAO but I can't see anything else!

Where can I find airport diagrams for non-U.S. airports?
posted by drleary on Aug 1, 2006 - 4 answers

## I'm looking for a Windows player that will draw a network diagram between entities and automatically arrange them on the page.

I'm looking for software that can draw a kind of "network diagram", showing the all the links between entities, and arranging the entities/lines automatically on the page. For instance, I've always wanted to draw a big diagram showing everyone I know, then draw lines between the people I know who know each other. Ideally, I'd like to be able to enter, simply, each persons name, and a list of all the people they know, and have it generate the diagram from that. I see this kind of thing all the time on the web - diagrams of what sites link to each other, or what bands sound like each other - but is there a simple Windows program that will do the same thing?
posted by Jimbob on Jun 19, 2004 - 12 answers

## Images of Terry Pratchett's Discworld storylines

I am looking for an image depicting the different storylines/-cycles of Terry Pratchett's Discworld. I know it has been linked by BoingBoing or MeFi or memepool or something, but I couldn't find it and Google isn't helping me, either way - all I find are text files. Anyone know what I am talking about and where to get it?
posted by zerofoks on Jan 2, 2004 - 3 answers

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